Dark Season VIII: Dead End is available now at Amazon. You can get it here at Amazon.com, or here at Amazon.co.uk. It costs 99 cents or the equivalent, but it will be free for a few days starting on Monday.
This is the last book in the first series of Dark Season. There will be a second series later in the year, but for now Dead End finishes up the first set of storylines and ends on a cliffhanger. Well, three cliffhangers plus a big revelation. I always like cliffhangers. Think of the book as the end of season episode of a TV show, finishing certain things up but also looking ahead. Hope you like it!
Dark Season VIII: Dead End has been uploaded to Amazon and is currently ‘processing’, which means that it should be available for purchase on Sunday. Sorry it’s a few days late (as usual), but it’s the last book in the first series so I wanted to make sure it ended properly. The regular price will be 99 cents, but it will go free on Amazon for a few days starting on Monday.
You know when a season of a TV show ends and it wraps up the season but it also teases the next season? That’s how I’ve approached Dead End. Certain things get resolved fully and finally, some of them being things that stretch all the way back to the first book in the series. But there are things that set up new questions, and there’s also a big cliffhanger. That’s right: I wanted to give you a complete story that also has you waiting for the next book! Hmm, is that mean of me?
So while Dead End answers some big questions, it also asks three brand new big questions. You’ll get the answers later this year, when Dark Season returns for the second series of books. But in the meantime, I’ve got more books on the way, including a new werewolf series that will be published in a couple of days, titled Lupine Howl. And I’ve put a sample from Lupine Howl in at the end of Dead End, to give you an idea of how that series feels.
Dark Season VIII: Dead End is coming, I promise! I’m just spending a couple more days making a few small but important changes. Sorry for the delay, but after eight books I don’t want to rush the last section. I’m hoping you’ll like it…
I usually post a preview of the next Dark Season book a few days before it’s released, but this time I don’t want to give too much away. So instead, I’m going to post 10 hints about the book. They’re all true, but some of them are a little cryptic.
1. There are three prologues, spanning more than 300 years.
2. Shelley’s ear is very important.
3. Adam gets to feel like a goldfish in a bowl.
4. Most of Vincent’s books were about maps, but one of them was about something else.
5. The 17th century was a tough time for a single mother.
6. Someone important dies.
7. There are subtle references to Superman, Doctor Who and an old British sci-fi show called Adam Adamant Lives.
8. Remember the mysterious man in the shadows in Dark Season VII: Testament? He’s an old friend with a new face.
9. If you thought Gothos was a strange place, wait until you see the Door of Compassion.
10. “The irony is: to him, we’re the ghosts”.
So here’s the cover for the eighth and final book in the first series of Dark Season books. There will be a second series of Dark Season starting later in the year, but for now this will be the ‘series finale’.
As you might expect, it builds up to a conclusion of sorts, while also setting up some questions and themes that will be explored when the series returns. If you’ve been wondering who the mysterious figure was in the basement of the hospital in Testament, you’re about to find out. If you’ve been wondering whether Sophie really gave birth to Patrick’s baby, you’re about to find out. If you’ve been wondering if Patrick will ever speak… well, I don’t want to give too much away. But let’s just say that there’s an answer to that question, of sorts.
Meanwhile, as I put the finishing touches to Dark Season VIII: Dead End (which will be out next week), I’m also working on the first book in a totally new series. Lupine Howl is my attempt to do for werewolves what I did for vampires with Dark Season. Lupine Howl is very much set in the same world as Dark Season, and uses some of the same mythology. But it’s a very different series, with a very different set-up, very different characters and a whole new set of mysteries.
Here’s the cover to the first volume, Wolf Man, and as the cover suggests, this series is set far away from Dedston (the setting for Dark Season). There have been werewolves in Dark Season, of course, and there might be again (hint!), but Lupine Howl is very much its own gig. I’ll talk more about the new series once Dark Season VIII: Dead End has been released.